Stress + College Life

Stress + College Life

I'm coming to realize that it never gets easier, we just get better at dealing with it

Stress and college just seem to go hand in hand. I don't think I've ever met a college student, that wasn't dealing with stress. I'm in my sophomore year right now, and I'm coming to realize, that it never gets easier, we just get better at dealing with it. Take today for example. I was coming off a three day weekend, which should have had me relaxed, but instead I was completely stressed out. I was sitting in my psych class, and I was thinking about all of my homework assignments that are due, my two job schedules, my commitments with my campus ministry, my relationships with family and friends that I don't want to neglect,and the night shift that I have to work next week, right before taking two tests the following morning. I walked out of that class feeling like I wanted to scream and run away from life. So, what do I do when I feel stressed out? Take it from someone that's been there.


It's so important to take a little time off from your phone every now and then, and just breathe. I like to put on some soft music, pull out of my journal, and a good devotional, and just be still for a little bit. I often get so busy that I don't make time for this, but whenever I do, I end my time off feeling so centered and peaceful.

Take a walk

There's nothing like being out in nature, whether it be by yourself, with your best friend, or with your dog. I go on hikes three times a week with my dog, Daisy, and afterwards we always get Starbucks. It's one of my favorite times of the week, because I roll all the windows down, turn on my favorite country music, and just enjoy the fresh air.

Sweat it out

Sometimes when I'm stressed I get so worked up that I don't want to relax- I want to move! When this happens, I take all of my pent up energy and emotions, and put it right into my workout. I blast my latest Spotify playlist, and give it everything I've got.

Netflix and chill

Othertimes when I'm stressed, I really just need to get away for a while. The introvert in me needs some R&R every now and then. That's why, after a long work shift, or a hard school day, I usually end my day with an episode of Friends. I dim the lights, curl up with my dog, and laugh over the same episodes that never get old to me.

Schedule mini breaks

It's frustrating to be stressed, when you know that you have about ten school projects that you need to finish as soon as possible. When this happens, I schedule "mini breaks for myself". I usually give myself a ten minute break, for every thirty minutes of uninterrupted study time that I put in. It's motivating to know that if I focus on my homework, I'll get to watch ten minutes of a Friends episode, or the latest youtube video from Apsyn + Parker.


Sometimes we just need to talk it out and have a good, quality conversation with a friend. It's so beneficial to talk it out with someone who has a listening ear to lend. I end up walking away feeling so much better about whatever it was that I was stressed out about to begin with.

How do you deal with stress?

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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